Category: Emergencies

War declared!

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Seventy years ago yesterday, following Germany’s invasion of Poland, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain declared war on Germany. 

Black and white photo of two women working on the engine of an ambulance

Soon after, the British Red Cross and the Order of St John joined together as the Joint War Organisation. Our two organisations had worked together to help war victims during the First World War, too.

In both wars, thousands of women and men signed up to be volunteers (or, as they were officially known, ‘voluntary aid detachments’ or VADs). One of the iconic images of the Red Cross historically is of women in white nurses uniforms with a big red cross on the bib; but not all our volunteers were nurses.

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Can you report good news in Africa?

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So be honest, when you think of Africa what springs to mind?

African child in orange cloak

If it’s something other than safari or famine then I’m pretty sure you’re not the average Brit.

If you’re a journalist and think Africa has more to tell than famine and disaster, conflict and corruption, then it’s good news for you with the Red Cross’ Good News for Africa competition.
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How to deal with tea-mergencies

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FESS volunteers worcester-190I knew I was right. New scientific research claims that a cup of tea really can help reduce stress levels during times of crisis. As a life-long fan of the mighty tea leaf, I’m not in the least surprised.

As explained in an earlier blog, my only really meaningful encounter with alcohol occurred when I drank whisky as a newborn baby so drinking tea really is a big deal in the Cox social calendar (such as it is).
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Logistics of disaster relief – part one

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When disaster strikes, anywhere in the world, it’s likely you’ll turn on the TV and see the Red Cross is already there.

As you watch boxes of food, blankets and other life-saving items being distributed, have you ever wondered exactly how they got there so quickly?

This is the first in a series of podcasts exploring the role of our logistics emergency response unit and how it responds to international emergencies.

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Guest Blog: Respecting the Geneva Conventions

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The following post is from Ros Armitage,  operations manager at the British Red Cross:

Last week was the 60th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions. To a non-lawyer such as myself the Conventions and their Additional Protocols are “the rules of war” and form the cornerstone of international humanitarian law. They are incredibly important as they are designed to limit how war is conducted and the effects of war. They exist to limit suffering and to protect people not involved in a conflict such as civilians (including health workers and aid workers) and those no longer taking part in a conflict such as the sick and wounded, shipwrecked and prisoners of war. 194 countries have signed up to the Conventions signalling the significance in which they are held worldwide. The Conventions cover mainly international wars, or wars between countries but one of the Additional Protocols specifically covers wars within countries. More

Monday Movement update #19

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Rubble on a street in ChinaHere’s your weekly update on what different members of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement* are doing.

Typhoon Morakot: In Taiwan and China, Red Cross volunteers have been helping the emergency services with search and rescue operations, and delivering relief items. Read our disaster relief manager Pete Garratt’s blog about Typhoon Morakot.

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Nature's power unleashed!

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Red Cross helping wounded in Qishan, Taiwan

If like me you’ve been following the television pictures of torrential rain, buildings collapsing and villages being swept away you’ll have been mesmerized by what nature can do. Typhoons, flooding, landslides, earthquakes (in Japan) – it’s been a tough week for many in East Asia caught up in these and an especially busy week for local Red Cross volunteers and staff as they’ve worked all hours to respond. We in Britain complain if More

Nature’s power unleashed!

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Red Cross helping wounded in Qishan, Taiwan

If like me you’ve been following the television pictures of torrential rain, buildings collapsing and villages being swept away you’ll have been mesmerized by what nature can do. Typhoons, flooding, landslides, earthquakes (in Japan) – it’s been a tough week for many in East Asia caught up in these and an especially busy week for local Red Cross volunteers and staff as they’ve worked all hours to respond. We in Britain complain if More